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Brackley online Post, 17 August 2018

This week’s headlines include:

  • Danger bridge leads to road closure
  • Arts at Stowe all set for live screen performance
  • More disappointment for Saints

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Latest news from the Business Information Bureau

Brackley’s own BiB has produced a new newsletter – to read it on line Click Here. Highlights include:

  • To help promote local Brackley businesses, the Business Information Bureau is launching a new voucher booklet FREE to Brackley households. The booklet – worth over £300 – will be delivered in the coming weeks and will be available from all participating shops.
  • FREE one-on-one advice over coffee to any business that needs it. Especially suited to those start-ups and small firms that can’t afford the match funding that most Government schemes require.  Office hours is about business people attending, both to give and receive advice… or simply meet up for a chat.

If you run a business of any kind in Brackley you need to check out the BiB site – Click Here

Road likely to stay closed for many months

The A422 Banbury road was closed on Wednesday from the recycling centre junction to New Road junction just outside Farthinghoe, in both directions. The decision was made after inspection of the Farthinghoe Stream bridge showed it was in poor condition as a result of the severe weather of the last few months, and is unlikely to reopen before the end of the year.  The bridge is no longer capable of taking any traffic due to the structural concerns.

The council says a diversion route will be using the A43 and the M40 between Brackley and Banbury. There will be a clear diversion for all traffic. Access to local residents will be provided.
• For the full council press release, Click Here.

 Big day for lovers of beer, cider and sausages

Live music, real cider and great sausages – on Saturday, 18 August from noon to 10pm. Live music, 30+ real ciders, and great sausages – the annual Brackley sausage and cider festival is back. 30-plus real ciders sourced from artisan producers around the country, including a mouth-watering range of fruit ciders and sparkling craft cider. Food stalls selling a variety of sausages – from artisan hot dogs to Polish kielbasa. Venue is Brackley Rugby Club, Fine Lady Fields, Nightingale Close, Brackley NN13 6PN.
• For more details of events and how to buy tickets (£6-£9), Click Here.


A message from snvb to all involved in the voluntary sector

We would like to encourage you to attend our next LinkUp meeting. snvb organises the regular LinkUp meetings which offer an opportunity for people working in local statutory, voluntary and community organisations to meet and share ideas and best practice. It provides a good networking opportunity. Our meetings usually include a guest speaker. We are aware that people attending have made some really useful links and have found this forum of great benefit. Meetings are informal, lasting an hour and are held every three months at the Volunteer Centre, Whittons Lane, Towcester, NN12 6YZ.

The next LinkUp meeting will take place from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 6 September. Please bring your own lunch and we provide the teas/coffees. Hayley Brown from Northamptonshire Carers will be with us to talk about the services provided for Carers in local communities.
Please note there is 3 hours FREE parking in the Northampton Road short-stay car park, right opposite the Forum building and two minutes walk from our office.


National Theatre Live at Stowe

Arts at Stowe are thrilled to announce National Theatre Live will be part of our autumn programme. The opening performance of Julie will be screened from our Pop-up cinema ‘The Roxy’ at Stowe on Thursday 6 September. BAFTA winner Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Streetcar Named Desire) starring as Julie in an updated version of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie. Adapted by Polly Stenham (That Face) and directed by Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea, A Doll’s House), the newly single Julie becomes involved in a power struggle after a late night party. Ticket prices will be fixed for all performances £12 and £10*
*Concession Tickets and Arts at Stowe Members £10.
• More details and info on the Arts at Stowe website – Click Here


An evening of good food and good music in village pub garden

Sunday August 19. The Crewe Arms, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, is holding a fundraising event featuring a barbecue and raffle, with music by Harry Pane. The event starts at 7pm, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK and Brodey Centre, Banbury. Entry is free, so go along and enjoy good music and good food, all in a good cause.


Find out what’s going on to brighten up your summer

South Northants Council has published its Arts Events calendar  for August and September. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy during the summer around the district, and dates to put into your diaries/calendars for September too. Printed copies will be available from The Forum leaflet rack in Towcester, and South Northants libraries. For more about arts in South Northants, Click Here.


Trains, tea and cake in a garden setting

 The Pimlico Light Railway hold public running days at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN.

On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens of Pimlico House. There is no admission fee, just a small charge per ride. Refreshments in the form of tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.

The railway is the result of many years of work by the Rev. John Roberts (in whose garden it is situated) and a small but dedicated band of helpers. Public running days are held six times a year with the dual aims of fostering an interest in engineering amongst youngsters and raising money for the Send a Cow charity. New members (of all generations) are always welcome, so whether you are just looking for an enjoyable afternoon out or would like to join us on a regular basis, why not come along? The last public running days this year are  3pm to 5pm on 26 August and 23 September.
Directions: Satnav NN13 5TN. From Brackley follow A43 towards Towcester and take the first exit B4525 towards Helmdon/Banbury. After 400 yards take the first left, signposted to Pimlico and High Cross. Follow the road for just under half-a-mile and you will see the trains signposted to the right.


New NHS hearing advisory service for Brackley

South Northants Hearing Advisory Service is providing free basic hearing-aid maintenance and batteries on a monthly basis. Also available will be advice information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss. Each month a trained hearing advisor will visit .
Next date – Wednesday 29 August. Please remember to bring along your hearing-aid battery book.


Ribbon of Poppies in Brackley to mark end of Great War

Hundreds of pledges have been received in support of a call to plant swathes of poppies commemorating the end of the First World War 100 years ago. In the UK, members of the Scout and Guide movements have led the way in supporting the project. Scouts and guides, local organisations, Schools and councils the length and breadth of the UK have now pledged to plant poppies to help create a carpet of the red flowers in time for the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018.

Here is a selection of poppies that have already been delivered to the Town Council office. All different sizes, styles and shades of red, knitted and crocheted they look amazing. We have also heard that some of the schools are doing pompoms and woven poppies. If you would like to be involved but don’t know where to start, pop in to see us in the Council office and we can give you a hand. Also if you feel that knitting or crochet is not for you but would like to be involved, donations of wool or black buttons would be lovely for local knitters and crocheters can create poppies from them.

The Ribbon of Poppies project is the brainchild of Iain Henderson a Scout Leader from Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Mr Henderson and colleagues from The Memorial Mob – a group dedicated to creating memorials and events to help remember the “uniformed” services, are hoping the poppy ribbon will be “a living legacy to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice”. He said: “Our idea is to create a carpet of crimson from Land’s End to John O’Groats to remember all those killed or wounded in the war.”

The venture has now won international backing. Some 600 confirmed pledges have been received to date, stretching as far afield as California, Indonesia and the Falkland Islands. Individuals and groups are being encouraged to take part, simply by planting poppy seeds on a pocket of land – your front garden if possible or where they can be seen.
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Brackley is also planning a ribbon of knitted or crocheted poppies to line the High Street on Remembrance Day and are seeking volunteers or groups to create the poppies for this ribbon please.  Contact the Town Council for details.

Saints fall to third defeat

AFC Telford United 2-1 Brackley Town
Brackley’s frustrating start to the season continued on Tuesday at the New Bucks Head Stadium, writes Tim Carroll. Dominating the first half, Kevin Wilkin’s side went in at the break behind and a more even second period saw Telford eventually hang on to the points in a nervy finish. Telford’s Daniel Udoy’s long range shot beat Danny Lewis on 14 minutes to put United ahead but this should have been but an inconvenience for Saints who had began brightly enjoying good possession, passing the ball well and on the front foot.

Shep Murombedzi shot wide from Glenn Walker’s cross, Jimmy Armson fired over from 5 yards and then saw his header off target from Shane Byrne’s cross all chances that on another day would have comfortably found the net. Lee Ndlovu’s driving run into the penalty area was stopped only when keeper Sheridan Martinez brought him down, earning the visitors an 18th minute penalty. But Armson’s spot-kick was first saved by Martinez before Armson’s follow-up header came back off the post and was cleared. It was a moment that summed up Saints’ season to date.

Telford grew into the game as half-time approached and the second period saw chances for both sides and more composed play from the home side. Telford captain Shane Sutton spurned a chance to extend his side’s lead directly after the break, heading over from Darryl Knight’s cross. On occasions Saints moved the ball quickly and with precision, as on the hour when Armson turned inside finding Byrne who won a corner from which ex-Brackley defender Theo Streete cleared the in-swinging corner as Telford defended in numbers. Armson shot over from Glenn Walker’s cross in another good opening as Saints pressed for the equaliser.

Wilkin made a triple substitute bringing on Smith, Fairlamb and Myles with 20 minutes remaining but Telford immediately doubled the lead, Knights turning the ball into the net with a fine finish from Adam Dawson’s cross. Saints never stopped battling and a goal eventually came at the start of four minutes added time as substitute Gregg Smith slid in to convert Luke Fairlamb’s cross to cut the deficit. But it was not enough as Telford held on despite further late goalmouth action.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker (Fairlamb 70), Armson (Smith 70), Ndovu, Murombedzi (Myles 70), A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, Nti.
AFC Telford: Martinez, White, Sears, Deeney, Sutton, Streete, Cowans, McQuilkin (Dawson 65), Brown (Royle 65), Udoh (Morgan-Smith 75), Knights. Subs unused: Smith, Barnes-Homer.
Referee: Michael Barlow; assistants Andrew Ellis and Jack Shepherd.
Attendance: 1097

Styche treble earns the points

Brackley Town 2-4 Darlington
A six-minute blitz of three goals midway through the first half won this game for Darlington as The Quakers recorded a first win of the season on a day for the strikers at St James Park, writes Tim Carroll. Reece Styche notched a hat-trick, his first coming in only the second minute of the game, a long range effort that found the top corner. Brackley were level within minutes as Jimmy Armson headed in unmarked from Shane Byrne’s corner.

Brackley enjoyed a good spell twice going agonisingly close to taking the lead. Byrne’s free-kick was inches wide and Armson’s break set up Shep Murombedzi before Darlington scrambled the ball away. But Styche completed his hat-trick with goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes, finishing clinically to take advantage of lapse defending after long balls. Simon Ainge scored the fourth goal in the 26th minute, finding a sharp finish from the edge of the penalty area to leave Saints shell-shocked.

Lee Ndlovu reduced the deficit with a 47th minute header from Armson’s cross and Brackley strained every sinew to get a third goal. If they had, then in this goal spree you would believe a fourth would follow but it was not to be. Darlington restricted Brackley’s goal scoring opportunities and ran the clock down in a quieter second period in which Saints enjoyed the better of things without forcing that further break-through. The closest Saints came was Matt Lowe’s fierce effort on the hour beaten away by Jonny Maddison in The Quakers’ goal.

“Our defending in the first 20 minutes gifted them the game,” Kevin Wilkin said. “You can’t make the mistakes we’ve made and give teams such easy chances. We need to make teams work harder to score goals against us. Their front players used their physicality and it has paid real dividends for them. We gave ourselves a chance scoring after the break but we haven’t built on it. In both penalty areas we’ve been poor today, that is the reality of it.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Franklin, Byrne, Hall (Nti 84), Dean, G.Walker (Fairlamb 60), Armson, Ndovu, Murombedzi (Myles 67), A.Walker. Subs unused: Graham, Smith.
Darlington: Maddison, Trotman, Galbraith, Elliot, Collins, Burn, Henshall (Nicholson 67), Wheatley, Styche (Hughes 79), Ainge, Thompson (Saunders 85). Subs unused: Syers, Vaulks.
Referee: Amy Fearn; assistants Gareth Davis and Jacob Lehane.
Attendance: 570


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Download South Northants Council Arts Events Calendar  (PDF – 645KB)
Regular events in Brackley

Third Saturday of each month, 4pm to 6pm: St Peter’s Church, Brackley: MESSY CHURCH – A two-hour session of Bible story, craft activities, informal worship and light meal for the whole family. Details of this and lots of other activities on the St Peter’s Church website.

– – – – Special Events At Brackley Library – – – –

Every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm: Knit and Natter.
Every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm: Jigsaw Club.
Every Thursday 3.30-4.30: Craft Club with Sue.

Saturday 8 September 10am-1:30pm:  Family Fun Day – Lots of fun games and activities to celebrate the end of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Trish’s 10th year of promoting it in Brackley. We will be raising money for our library.
Saturday 8 September 2pm-4pm: Crafternoon for MIND – Join us for an afternoon of crafts and cake to raise money for Brackley MIND, the mental health charity.
Friday 28 September 8pm-10:30pm: Quiz Night – A fun evening’s entertainment pitting your brains against our quizmaster. A prize at the end of every round with our popular Kazoony Tunes round and a Booze jackpot for the final round. £5 per person, teams of up to 6 people. Table snacks provided but please bring your own drinks.
Reserve a table for your team at Brackley Library or email

Please check our Facebook page for extra sessions and kids’ cinema during the summer break!!
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Saturday 18 August: Brackley Sausage and Cider Festival, Brackley Rugby Club. For full details Click Here.

Sunday 19 August: Classic Vehicles in the Park, Brackley Park. For a PDF copy of information and entry form, Click Here.

Sunday 19 August: Picnic in the Park – Dogs for Good at St. James Lake, Brackley from 11am until 3pm

Sunday 26 August, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN. On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.

Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August: The Brackley Morris Men will be out for their annual summer tour over the bank holiday weekend and be dancing at:
Sunday 2pm Red Lion, Litchborough, NN12 8JF; 3pm Canons Ashby House, NN11 3SD; 4pm Star Inn, Sulgrave, OX17 2SA; 5pm The Greatworth Inn, Greatworth, OX17 2DT.
Monday 11.30am Countryman, Staverton, NN11 6JH; 12.30pm Windmill, Badby, NN11 3AN; 2.30pm Everdon Fete, NN11 3BL; 3.45pm Everdon Fete, NN11 3BL; 5pm Kings Arms, Farthingstone. NN12 8EZ; 6pm Old Red Lion, Litchborough. NN12 8JF.

Saturday 22 September

Westminster Rd, Brackley NN13 7EB

Monday 10 September, 7.30pm: Brackley WI meets at WI hall and there will be a talk, A Tale of Two Parishes, by Sally Munday-Webb. Brackley WI meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month in the WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley (opposite Waitrose car park). Website:

Sunday 23 September, 3pm-5pm: The Pimlico Light Railway holds a running day at Pimlico House, Pimlico, NN13 5TN. On offer are train rides, steam and battery-powered, for all the family on the 5in-gauge railway which extends to approximately ¼ mile around the gardens. There is no admission charge, just a small charge (for charity) per ride. Tea and home-made cakes will also be available at very reasonable prices.

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